Kai with Kindness
Kai with Kindness provided food parcels to individuals and whānau to provide some festive joy. Taikura Trust was privileged to help deliver some of these and take part in some touching moments in the community.
Vaccination for 5 to 11 years
Pending Medsafe and Cabinet approval, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to 5 to 11-year-olds (using the child version of the Pfizer vaccine) is expected to be from mid-January 2022, using existing vaccination delivery methods like primary care, vaccination centres, pop-up events and outreach activities. Primary care will play a vital role, given existing trusted relationships with families.
Christmas presents from disability enterprises
Looking for cool Christmas presents? Here are some disability enterprises for you to consider supporting if you are looking for gift inspiration this Christmas, or any time you want to give a gift that has real meaning.
Dial it down!
The Human Rights Commission’s new Dial if Down campaign aims to dial down the hostility around COVID-19 and keep the kōrero flowing. The campaign is a reminder that we’re in a better position to support a public health response if we can keep the channels of communication open.
90% First dose coverage for Auckland DSS users
As of last week, 90% of Disability Support Service users across all Auckland DHBs have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. It’s an incredible milestone for the disability community and demonstrates the importance of using people-centred and community-based resources in lifting equity for people. But the goal is to get even more disabled people vaccinated.
Disability vaccination event in Otara
Southseas, Te Roopu Waiora, Tofa Mamao Collective and Taikura Trust have partnered to create an event that is aimed at supporting disabled people and their whanau to be vaccinated.
2021 festive season closure dates
We will close for the festive season from Friday 24 December 2021 at 12 noon. We will re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022. Read our frequently asked questions on how you can manage your services during the holidays.
Disabled Māori undecided about getting the vaccine-- get vaccinated!
"If you're scared, just close your eyes and count to five, and before you know it's over." Wise words from Lauren for those who are concerned about getting the vaccine.
Lauren is one of the people supported by Te Roopu Taurima and they recently launched ‘Werohia mō to whanau/Do it for your whānau’ campaign aimed at raising awareness for disabled people and their carers/whānau on the importance of getting vaccinated.
3 December is International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Today we wear purple to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” We look forward to continue playing our part. Learn how we supported tāngata whaikaha in Tāmaki Makaurau throughout the pandemic, our successes and plans for beyond.
How was your COVID-19 testing experience?
Regular testing for COVID-19 is part of everyday life now, and you have a chance to tell the Ministry of Health what was good about your testing experience and what could be better. Survey closes on 16 December and will only take around 5 minutes to complete.
Live Facebook event for the disability community: What's concerning you most about getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Do you have any questions about how the COVID-19 vaccine interacts with certain medications or medical condition? What are the barriers preventing you from getting vaccinated? This live Facebook event for the disability community is designed to help you make an informed decision about the vaccine. Send us your questions now so a panel of experts can help you with your journey.
Tiaki: Protecting tāngata whaikaha from COVID-19
Watch this video to find out how our Tiaki initiative has been supporting the urgent regional response to protect disabled people from COVID-19.
Home and community support workforce advisory
If you're concerned about how the vaccination mandate could affect your home and support services, please communicate with your provider about your needs over the next few months.
Referrals sent during our close down period
All referrals sent to us from 17 December 2021 will be processed when we return from our close down period on 5 January 2022.
Passionate about increasing Māori rates of vaccination
Dr Huhana Hickey, Dr Hu for short, is passionate about ensuring people receive equitable support particularly in the disability sector. That's why she was keen to share her vaccination story with us to encourage others with disabilities to also get their shots.
Home vaccinations helping people with disabilities overcome their needle phobia
When people think of barriers to being vaccinated for disabled people, they often think of something physical like the lack of ramps or other accessibility issues. However, this isn’t always the case-- anxiety and sensory impairments can also present an insurmountable obstacle.
New Ministry for Disabled People
“It’s a dream come true”, “Really excited- this is a key step in the right direction for us”, "We’re building this waka and we’re ready to set sail with whānau and families", "Looking forward to an inclusive government group that brings us together”.
These were just a few of the comments made by members of the disability community following the announcement that a new Ministry for Disabled People will be created, and that the Enabling Good Lives approach to disability support will be expanded nationwide.
Dispelling myths and encouraging young people to be vaccinated
A young disabled youth worker is aiming to boost vaccination levels by sharing her story. “I want to ensure that others follow my lead and get vaccinated so that is why I am sharing my story,” explains Josephine*
*Name has been changed to maintain anonymity.
CheeHoo! podcast for disabled Pasifika: Adjusting to life and lockdowns
On episode 4 of our CheeHoo podcast, find out what is Supported Independent Living and listen to how three Pasifika people living with disabilities are navigating life in lockdown in their bubbles and communities.
Fathers Fono workshop
Fathers Fono is a parenting workshop aimed at bringing Pasifika fathers together and supporting each other to be the best Dads they can be.
Most accessible vaccination sites for Super Saturday
To celebrate Super Saturday we are promoting our most accessible vaccination centres in Auckland. All these sites have priority lanes on entry for those that need support and low sensory options. There will also be sign language interpreters on site at these centres on Super Saturday so you can truly walk-in and won’t need to book one in advance.
Let us in ensure the Digital Strategy for Aoteroa is inclusive. Have your say!
The New Zealand government is developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa. They are seeking feedback on this strategy. We would like to ensure that the disability voice is heard so please read on and see the ways in which you can have your say.
Super Saturday is a nationwide push to help increase our vaccination rates. This will build up to a national day of action for vaccination on Saturday 16 October. There's going to be a friendly competition comparing vaccination rates between areas. We might be a little biased here, but GO, Auckland, GO!
Tiaki by Taikura Trust - breaking down barriers!
Tiaki ensures that people with disabilities are supported during lockdown. We can help organise home vaccinations to those who may not be able to access them otherwise. If you or your loved one needs support give us a call on 0800 824 5872.
Dan's story: I'm fully vaccinated to protect my family and my community
Some people think that because I'm Pasifika and have a disability, I'm disadvantaged. I think that being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 gives me an advantage because I'm able to protect my family and contribute to the community by reducing the spread of the virus.
How did South Auckland cope in Level 4?
Prepare Pacific reports on the attitudes and behaviours of South Auckland
communities during August 2021 Level 4 Lockdown.
Rally your Village
“Rally your Village” is a drive-through vaccination event from Friday 1 October to Monday 4 October, at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
Get vaccinated today!
Tiaki wants to help protect disabled people against COVID-19 and it’s great to see our Prime Minister support our campaign to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
Minister for Disability Issues supports Tiaki - our vaccine drive to get disabled people jabbed against COVID-19
We are proud to launch Tiaki, our COVID-19 vaccine campaign, aimed at boosting vaccination numbers among Auckland’s disability community.
A podcast with, for and by Pasifika people with disabilities. We get to hear thoughts from our leaders and stories from our Pasifika champions in the community.
Auditory Processing and Functional Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
A three-year Auckland University research is trying to find out if there is a relationship between auditory processing and functional language in children with ASD.
Consultation for the 2023 Disability Survey
On Monday 6 September, Stats NZ will begin consulting on the content of the 2023 Disability Survey. The consultation process runs until Friday 29 October 2021.
Tofa Mamao: Navigating the future, guided by the past
Tofa Mamao social hubs are now available in Wellington and Christchurch. Find out how their supporting Tagata Sa’ili Malo/Pacific disabled people and their aiga to be heard in their communities.
A report: How personal budgets for social services are transforming lives
Individualised Funding (IF) is a rapidly-growing alternative funding model for disability support. IF gives each recipient control of a personal budget they can use to obtain the support services best suited to their individual needs.
This report shows how freedom and the responsibilities of becoming an employer under IF is opening doors and transforming lives.
Carer support updates
From 1 August 2021, Carer Support subsidy has increased slightly. Towards the end of the year, you can claim Carer Support online.
PHAB is a weekly social group for people with disabilities aged 16 and over, where they can develop friendships and learn new skills.
Giving Kiwi Kids with Downs Syndrome a voice
We recently had Sarah Paterson-Hamlin, CEO of UpsideDowns Education Trust, visit us. UpsideDowns Education Trust can provide financial support for children with Downs Syndrome so they can access speech and language therapy, and have a voice.
Our very own digital comms advisor, Natalie Brunzel, talks about how watching the Paralympics captured her imagination and resolve to be an elite athlete, and gives a rare insider view of what happens before qualifying for the Paralympics.
Debbie and Georgia's story: Flexible supports make a big difference in our lives
Because of COVID-19, carer support funding had to quickly transform into a more flexible scheme so carers can still take a break during lockdown. For mother and daughter Debbie and Georgia, having flexibility to use their supports enables them to decide what's best for their family and to reach their goals sooner.
NZSL Interpreter Standards and Workforce review
Consultation with the Deaf community, NZSL Interpreters and other stakeholders is now underway to get feedback on options for setting standards for NZSL Interpreters.
COVID-19 vaccine rollout update: 18 June 2021
From 28 July, Group 4 or around 2 million people in NZ can start getting their COVID-19 vaccine. The rollout is still ahead of schedule and the focus remains on getting those in Group 3 booked and vaccinated, and those in Groups 1 and 2 continuing to get their vaccinations. Everyone in Group 3 will be invited to book their vaccination by the end of July.
Project Mobilise is seeking a diverse range of disabled and non-disabled people for online and in-person workshops across the country. They aim to change attitudes towards disability in Aotearoa.
Sandra's MS journey
30 May is World Multiple Sclerosis Day. People say that MS feels like having less control over your body and future. Sandra tells us about her MS journey and how it was all about finding ways to develop her sense of agency and being in the driving seat when it comes to defining and reaching her goals.
FREE audio described tour for blind and low vision patrons at the Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will start offering FREE audio described exhibition tours for the vision impaired in May starting with the Toi Tū Toi Ora exhibition.
Designing transport infrastructure with a disability lens
Have your say on how to make transport infrastructure better for tāngata whaikaha/people with disabilities.
A report on how NZ can have better digital technology for the health and disability sector
There's a plan to join up all health and disability information systems, so people can get the right care quickly and safely.
COVID-19 vaccine: identify which vaccine group you're in
Here's an online tool for working out which COVID-19 vaccination group you belong to and an overview of the vaccine roll out.
21 March is World Down Syndrome Day. We're helping raise awareness of Down Syndrome and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in our communities by sharing Katherine and Ann's story.
Check out this new transfer system for people with limited mobility
At our first hui of the year, we invited Hapai Transfer System to demonstrate Sit2Sit, a new patient lifter designed to make the transfer of people with limited mobility with ease and dignity.
Early KiwiSaver access allowed for some life-shortening conditions
The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early. The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Planning for adulthood seminar
A seminar aimed at parents and carers of young people with disabilities to support their transition to adulthood.
ATSNZ disability expo: NEW DATES 6 and 7 July
We’re excited to be part of this year’s ATSNZ disability expo. We will join a wide range of assistive technology suppliers and educators who will talk about how tāngata whaikaha/disabled people can improve their daily lives.
COVID-19 vaccine and disabled people
Planning is underway to make sure tangata whaikaha/disabled people, people with chronic illness and staff in residential care are all considered as part of the phased vaccine roll-out across New Zealand.
Report: Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic
Have you seen the report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM)? We thought it astonishingly parallels what we heard, saw and experienced during the pandemic.
The 36th America's Cup and accessibility
The most exciting water race in the world is finally on our own shores. Here are some information about accessibility at the 36th America's Cup race and events, so you can plan ahead and join in the fun.
Activities and programmes for young people with disabilities
The school holidays are upon us! During this time, we often hear families ask what they might be able to spend their Carer Support on. So, we have created a list of various activities and things that your loved one might be interested in participating in.
Our Te Kaa journey
Some of our people in leadership and specialist roles recently completed an intensive 5-day Māori cultural competency course facilitated by Te Kaa. The workshop complements our other initiatives to engage with tangata whenua in a meaningful way, and strategically look for opportunities to create better outcomes for our indigenous people.
Hearing aid fund and care packages
Hearing aid fund is now open for applications. The National Foundation for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is giving away 100 grants in 2021, and each successful applicant will receive up to $500 towards their new hearing aids.
Listening with understanding
Did you know that our needs assessment can take more than one hour to complete? And within that time, our employees need to listen to what people are saying and not saying. But is just listening ever enough?
'Unbreakable' contributors wanted
Kia ora to our community. The producers of TVNZ's Unbreakable has asked us to share this casting call with you. If you're interested to be part of their show, please contact them directly.
The 2020 Special Children's Christmas Party
We are happy to support this year's largest party for special children in Auckland. The goal is to bring holiday joy to children who have a life threatening illness, physical or intellectual impairment, experienced domestic violence, or are living in underprivileged circumstances.
Carer Support and Individualised Funding flexibility extended again until 28 Feb 2021
Flexible use of Carer Support and Individualised Funding (IF) has been extended again until 28 Feb 2021. A friendly reminder to keep the receipts on what you have spent your Carer Support budget on and to make a claim 90 days from the time of purchase. Those with IF can continue to invoice their hosts.
Our festive season closure dates
Our office will close from 12pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021.
3 December is International Day of People with Disabilities 2020
This year’s theme is 'Not all Disabilities are Visible' and focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of impairments that are not immediately apparent.
2-day symposium for young Pacific and Māori tangata whaikaha
Yes Disability youth group is looking for 15 Pasifika and Māori youth with disabilities who can join them in having a good korero about what needs to happen for our young people to thrive in their cultural identities and communities.
Getting jiggy with Dance Therapy NZ
How do you celebrate getting the whole organisation together for the first time since March? With dancing of course! At our long-awaited in person Tūhono, we invited Dance Therapy NZ to talk to us about how dance and movement can make life richer for tangata whaikaha.
Taikura Trust at the 2020 Transition Expo
In our community, transition expos are about exploring disabled students' options after school. Our Community Engagement team were at the recent Disaiblity Connect Transition Expo. They talked to many young people and whānau on how we can support them through this significant period.
Labour Day closure
We will be closed on Labour Day Monday 26 October, but you can still get in touch with us.
Waitematā DHB Disability Support Advisory Committee - Co-opted members
Waitematā DHB invites applications from disabled people to become co-opted members of its Disability Support Advisory Committee (DiSAC).
Our new referral process
Starting 5 October, please use our new online referral form if you want to know if you can access disability services through us.
An Action Plan to ensure disabled people and people with health conditions have an equal opportunity to access employment.
Our 2019 Year in Review
Our Year in Review captures last year's milestones and has us very optimistic as we plan and work for better engagement with our communities in 2020-2021.
Tofa Mamao website launch
This year the Tōfa Mamao Collective celebrates two years of advancing the voices of the Pacific Disability Community and their lived experiences. They mark the occasion by officially launching their website.
Changes to Funded Family Care 2020
Parents and partners of disabled people with high or very high support needs will be paid for caring for their family members, as the Government acts to restore fairness and dignity. Pay rates for family carers will also increase from the current minimum wage to a pay equity rate of between $20.50 and $25.50.
The Health and Disability System Review - Final report
The Health and Disability System Review is here. The report states that disabled people have not been well-served by the existing health and disability system. It recommends what needs to change to ensure our future system achieves better and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders.
New Zealand Health and Disability System Review
The Minister of Health has now received the final New Zealand Health and Disability System Review report. The Review looked at the overall function of the health and disability system and whether the system is balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability.
Jammies in June
Thousands of kids don't have warm pyjamas to wear in winter. Together, we can change that. Support Jammies in June, a yearly campaign organised by the Middlemore Foundation, that provides warm jammies to kids in need across South Auckland.
Planning for adulthood
A seminar aimed at parents and carers of young people with disabilities to support their transition into adulthood.
Rotoman language week 2020
For the first time, Rotuman Language Week has been included in the Pacific Language Week series. The theme for Rotuman Language week is "Nurturing our Rotuman identity through language and culture".
Samoan language week 2020
Tālofa lava! Afio mai! This year's Samoan Language Week/Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is from Sunday 24 May to Saturday 30 May.
ANZAC day closure
We will be closed on Monday 27 April as we continue to observe ANZAC day, but you can still get in touch with us.
Easter closure dates
We will be closed on Easter Friday 10 April through to Easter Monday 13 April, but you can still get in touch with us.
World Autism Awareness Day
Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day is not lost on us even on Alert Level 4. We thought we'd share with you some resources out there to help people and families living with Autism to thrive during these exceptional times.
Festive season closure dates
Our office will close for the festive season from 5pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.
Vulnerable Children’s Act workshop
A few months ago, we hosted the “Māori Perspective on the Changes to the Vulnerable Children’s Act and the Space that Oranga Tamariki Operates in” workshop at our Mt Wellington office.
Way Finders – Our new service offering
Way Finders is a national Navigation Service funded by ACC that provides free and independent guidance and information to people with ACC claims.
Te fono: Engaging with our Pacific communities
Around 180 Pacific people attended our three-day series of Fono, held in three different places in Auckland, making it the biggest talanoa with Pacific disabled people, carers and families in the history of Taikura Trust.
Meet our PATH and Map illustrators
Meet the people who will bring our clients’ goals and plans to life with their artistry and commitment to give excellent service.
We continue to assess and allocate supports according to people’s needs
Read our official statement in response to the reports on support allocation cuts in the disability sector.
Taikura Trust is first disability group in NZ to receive the Accessibility Tick
Today, Taikura joins Vector, Auckland District Health Board, ACC, Ricoh, Adecco and Sudima Hotels as one of the first Accessibility Tick Holders and the first in the disability sector.
Mental health advice for coping after a traumatic event
The Ministry of Health has developed two resources with 1737 (the national mental health and addictions helpline number) to assist those in mental distress as a result of the traumatic event in Christchurch. The resources are available in Arabic and English.
Enabling Good Lives Q&A: How can we use EGL principles in our work now?
This month, we asked David from our children and youth team: How can we apply Enabling Good Lives (EGL) principles now? Read David’s insight.
We're now members of the Accessibility Tick Programme
We're proud to be the first organisation from the disability sector to join the Accessibility Tick Programme. Working with Access Advisors will help us become a more inclusive organisation sooner, and one that supports disabled people towards economic independence. Read the official statement from our CEO regarding this exciting journey of ours.
Tuhono ki marae: building pathways for Maori
Our new Tuhono ki Marae programme will mobilise more than 40 marae across Auckland to get to the heart of how we can support Maori with disabilities in their communities. This quarter, we're starting in South Auckland at Manurewa Marae
New referral form for professionals
Our new online referral form for GPs, specialists, teachers, social workers and other professionals is easy to use and fully accessible.
Find out your respite options in your community
Taking a break is essential in the overall health and wellbeing of your family. Here's a list of respite options for disabled people and their carers in Auckland.
Our festive season closure dates
Our office will close for the festive season from 5pm Friday 21 December and will reopen on Thursday 3 January.
While we're away for the holiday season, here's what you can do if you need support.
Celebrate International Disability Day and Tofa Mamao launch with us!
Come along and celebrate our awesome community and the launch of the Pacific collective we helped form with PIASS Trust: Tofa Mamao. It will be a fab night of performances, food, demos and more.
We're now available at Starship Hospital
Young patients receiving care at Starship and their families can now get onsite support from us. Find out more about our latest community presence work.
Upskilling for tomorrow: PATH and Map training
For the first time, a handful of our staff were joined by people with disabilities to learn about PATH and Map graphics facilitation--two unique tools that use images to draw out our clients' goals and show how they can come true.
South Korean welfare and disability officials visit Taikura
High level officials from Chungnam, South Korean dropped by last month to get a closer look at disability services in Auckland.
We are Taikura Trust
Three moms from different backgrounds tell us how we've touched their lives. We've partnered with Attitude Media to help us share real stories from real people. Watch our video.
A good life
“Dad wanted to raise our family in New Zealand because it's a safe place to live in,” says Michelle as she recalls the big move they made from Taiwan when she was 12-years-old. “And I was like, ‘sure!’”
The road home
Maxwell once joined the relentless stream of Aucklanders looking for an affordable place to rent. But he wasn’t searching for just any home. Maxwell had lived in residential services since he was five-years-old and was ready for greater independence.